Last night was our last Monday in Arkie-land. It is crazy to think that our time here in Arkansas is coming to an end. We are happy about the change, though. We look forward to new adventures.
Since this week is so busy for us, it was a real temptation not to have a normal family home evening. I really wanted to say let’s just clean for FHE. But we didn’t do that. The girls have off this week for spring break, and it was Tiger’s turn to teach, so we got out the FHE jar, and she taught a lesson.
She picked purity and was a little stumped by the topic. She went to lds.org and checked out various Mormon Messages. There are some really great Mormon Messages on purity – sexual purity. Since Tiger is 10, I don’t think that she was really interested in this kind of purity!
So, she checked out the topical guide, and found a scripture she liked:
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8
This was a good starting point for a lesson – if we want to see God, we needed to be pure.
Tiger was having a tough time coming up with a lesson, so I helped her understand what this scripture means. We also looked up another related scripture:
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.” – Psalms 24:3-4
We talked about what this meant – and how it helps to fulfill the scripture in Matthew – when we have clean hands and a pure heart, we can go to the temple. We enter into His Holiness, and we can see Him.
So…here’s the lesson she taught…
Tiger introduced the lesson by giving us elements of an equation.
These elements included:
- A drawing of a hand
- The wordstrip: “Pure”
- Three “+” signs
- Two sets of parentheses
- A drawing of a heart
- The doors of the temple
- An “=” sign
- The wordstrip: “Clean”
It was up to us to take all of these elements and make an equation. Here’s what we came up with:
Tiger then taught us that if we want to go to the temple – and dwell in the presence of God, then we need to be Holy.
The first step to being holy is to have Clean hands. Our hands symbolize the things that we do. So – these are good works. We need to be baptized, repent, and renew our covenants. We need to be sure that we are doing good works – like serving others, and keeping the commandments. We need to make sure that we aren’t making our hands dirty by doing evil or wicked things.
Tiger then emphasized that having clean hands isn’t enough. Our inside needs to match what we are doing on the outside. She gave the example of the pharisees – who seemed good on the outside: they kept the laws and did outward commandments. But their hearts weren’t pure. Even while in the presence of their God, they couldn’t see Him. If we want to see God, we need to have pure hearts.
A pure heart means that our spirit is also desiring to do righteous things. We are also keeping inward commandments – the ones that others can’t see. When we have a pure heart, we pray always, seek charity, and develop this love for others. Our inside isn’t tarnished.
Tiger then gave the example of an apple. You could find a shiny scrumptious looking apple and want to eat it. Then, if you bit into it and found that it was rotten on the inside, the whole entire apple is worthless. When we are impure, we become like this apple. It doesn’t matter if the outside looks good if what is on the inside is rotten.
After the lesson, we decided to get some wiggles out with the little ones. T-Rex had everyone laughing and kicking on the floor.
I’m grateful that we didn’t put off FHE this week. We had a good excuse and reason not to do a formal FHE, but the effort was worth it. Tiger really learned something about purity, she inspired us to be committed to keeping the commandments and keeping our hearts pure. Plus, we had so much fun afterwards. Family home evening is a blessing.
What did you do for FHE? Don’t forget to check out Jocelyn’s blog – We Talk of Christ for another great FHE experience.